#PlasticFreeJuly

Hello lovers!

Apologies for being a bit MIA, I’ve had a few weeks.

Last week I got married, ran a marathon, went interstate for work and had a birthday!

But I have been continuing my little experiment which bloody Netflix keeps corrupting by adding more and more documentaries. Are you kidding me? How am I meant to keep up with that?

I’ve been doing really well with my Keep Cup and carrying around my enviro bags for groceries and shopping in general.

I come unstuck a little bit with the coffee cups when I leave the house with only my phone. I have one of those phone cases that has the wallet section so it’s common place for me to just grab my phone and go. Who needs an entire hand bag full of enviro bags, keep cups and giant water bottles? So those impulsive purchases are the ones that let me down.

But hey a problem identified is learning opportunity right?

Plastic Free July is off and kicking. It’s actually not as hard as I thought. Although I am accumulating lots of light plastic next to my rubbish bin.

That’s probably the most inconvenient part of recycling. Having piles of rubbish everywhere. A bucket/bowl for compost, a rubbish bin, recyclables and the plastic.

Has any one worked out a system or do I need to go and buy four other bins for my kitchen?

Open for suggestions.

Think a little

Mel

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Got my keep cup!

Hello enviro lovers!

Well I’m feeling quite a little bit impressed with myself.

Now when you open my over sized hand bag, not only to lip balm, credit cards and organizers fly out, but so do re-usable shopping bags, a re-usable coffee cup and a water bottle!

Everything but the kitchen sink.

It’s been working pretty well for me.

Since I watched episodes two and three (Yes I’m super behind, but you know Netflix just added more doco’s, #goodbyesociallife) of the War on Waste last week I made my purchases and have been carrying them around.

Confession: I’m usually pretty good with my re-usable shopping bags for the big shops, but when I stop in to the supermarket after work etc, that’s when I grab the shitty plastic one. #envirofail

So carrying them around has made a massive difference.

I already have a Thermos flask which I walk around with my instant coffee or my tea but admittedly, like most Melbournians, I purchased a couple of coffees a day as well.

My partner bought me a re-usuable mug by Earth Bottles and it’s super pretty. It’s faux wood and made of stainless steel. A bit expensive for a coffee cup but worth it.

The composting is still going well but I have to work out the general waste situation a bit better.

Will let you know how I go.

Until next time folks,

Think a little

Mel

 

 

Sustainable running gear review

So I have been a little MIA lately, but my challenge is still going.

The True Cost challenge was a great start for me. I’m sorry I was slack on the sharing end.

After my initial running gear audit, I had a look at the rest of my wardrobe and made a substantial donation to good will and put a few pieces for sale on Ebay and Facebook  Marketplace.

I successfully only purchased one item of clothing over the course of the month (my wedding dress). Personally, I think that’s pretty impressive. I am after all, a gainfully employed 32 year old female with no children!

Full disclosure though, I did receive a free shirt from Kusaga Athletic.

I was lucky enough to win a free Kusaga Run Tee from a competition in Run 4 Your Life Magazine.

I couldn’t believe my luck, especially since I had listed it as one of my brands to try in my last blog post.

It arrived express post a few days later, just in time to give it a test run at the Great Ocean Road Marathon.

I broke the number one race day rule of never wearing anything new on race day and gave it a go.

I was a bit worried at first because it was unseasonably warm at the start line. Great Ocean Road usually tortures runners with some insane “sea breezes” and sometimes even torrential rain.

Throughout the run, it was clear that my new top was a little bit big and the dark grey colour as opposed to black, highlighted sweat patches a little bit more than I would like.

But that being said it wicked away any moisture and cooled my skin when those breezes did eventually come through.

I didn’t experience any chaffing which is a first for me with race gear.

After the race, I promptly took of my new top and washed it when I got home. Just in the machine in cold water as I normally would.

I am stoked to say that there has been no after race smelly effects at all. Granted it’s usually the older tops that start smelling but I’ve been really impressed by this top.

I also wore it to the gym later in the week after my legs recovered.

I’ll definitely be looking for more sustainable options in the future when it comes to my running gear and my clothing in general. No more cheap K-mart fast fashion for me.

June’s challenge…. hmm I’ll have a look on Netflix tonight and let you know!

Think a little

 

 

May Challenge: ‘The True Cost’

#1- ‘The True Cost’

Day 1, Month 1, Challenge 1

Documentary: The True Cost

 

Admittedly, when I declared I was going to do this challenge and try to find a take-away nugget to improve my life from the hours of mindlessly consumed Netflix content I was devouring, it seemed like a win win.

My life will get better and I’ll still get to watch Netflix, Win Win, right?

Fast forward two weeks (I could write a novel about what I think about the ’13 Reasons Why’ and ‘GirlBoss’ that I’ve watched in those two weeks!) and I’ve opened Netflix and am browsing the documentary section.

Browsing, browsing, so many docos. I didn’t remember there being so many.

Let’s start small I say to myself, let’s not start with something too drastic, like changing your diet, throwing out all your stuff, or quitting your job to volunteer in Africa or to save the coral reef. Small.

Thing is, there is no small. Who spends millions of dollars and hours on a “small” issue! You idiot.

So I just picked one I hadn’t watched before, ‘The True Cost’.

‘The True Cost” is a documentary that focuses on the idea of fast fashion and how the fashion industry has evolved, how garments are made and the social and political impacts of the fast moving fashion industry. It touches on sweat shops, the environmental impacts of the fabrics and the production of the fabrics, to GMO’s and the people who are trying to change the money making machine.

Like director Andrew Morgan, I had never really thought twice about the clothes that I buy. With the exception of running clothes (chafe is no ones friend), my general clothing philosophy has always been the blacker and the cheaper the better. Hello teenage emo. It’s true, my “taste” in fashion hasn’t changed much since highschool. T-shirts, skinny jeans and Converse sneakers are pretty much the staples with a few random and not at all co-ordinated jewellery items scattered about.

I wear a Garmin running watch with bands that don’t match, my earrings often aren’t the same in each ear and there is a high probability that I will have yesterdays coffee on my shirt.

Don’t get me wrong, I could rock the latest ‘Fitspo’ outfit like the next Insta girl if I wanted to. My workout clothes, which I get substantial wear out of, comprise more than half of my wardrobe. But hey, unless I’m on a plane or have a marathon that week, I’m not wearing compression tights to the café or the shops. (I truly believe you get a free pass to wear compression the week before a marathon, every little bit helps folks!)

I’m the first to admit that I judge women who love fashion. Not the unique ‘I have my own style that I’m rockin’ women but the ones who buy the magazines and care about what the current style is. I judge the ones I’m sure are judging me for lack of fashion style.

So, what were my first thoughts as I watched ‘The True Cost’?

  1. Thank god I don’t buy a shit load of that fast fashion
  2. Where does the clothes I do buy come from?
  3. What are the options?
  4. What changes can I make in my own life to make this better for other people, for the environment and how will these changes effect my hip pocket and clothing needs (like no chafe!)?

This month’s goal: re-evaluate the things you buy, where you buy them from and what is the impact of purchasing that item.

This is not a ‘don’t buy anything’ for the month type of challenge.

It’s a ‘be a better global citizen’ challenge. Get educated and vote with your dollar, always.

Stay tuned, this might get interesting.Not only am I an avid consumer of sports wear but I’m also planning a wedding.

The plan:

  1. Wardrobe audit. What are you buying?
  2. Research and evaluation. What could you be buying? What are the options?
  3. Moving forward, what have I learned?

Think a little,

Mel